We’ll believe it when we see it
Ask any smartwatch owner what the worst thing about the current generation of wearables is, and you’ll likely hear the same answer no matter the device: battery life. Although gadgets like the Galaxy Watch4 and other premium Android smartwatches are getting faster every year, none seem to last longer than 24 hours on a charge. Samsung has a pair of watches scheduled for an official unveiling at Galaxy Unpacked on August 10, where it could be the first company to introduce multi-day battery life on a full-fledged wearable.
This latest rumor comes to us from Ice Universe on Twitter, which gave us the most tantalizing teaser yet for the Galaxy Watch5 Pro. Assuming this leak is correct, Samsung’s upcoming top-tier smartwatch could provide “at least” three days of battery life, blowing the competition out of the water in the process. While other wearables – notably fitness trackers and hybrid devices – can reach a week of battery life with regular use, standard Wear OS smartwatches from Samsung, Fossil and other brands rarely make it a day in real-world conditions, with a small exception carved out for some Mobvoi models. Even Apple, after nearly a decade of work on developing a line of smartwatches, has not been able to provide true multi-day battery life.
That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given the rumor mill surrounding the Galaxy Watch5 Pro. While all rumors point to Samsung’s high-end smartwatch losing out on the rotating bezel — easily our favorite feature on the Watch4 Classic — the earliest reports surrounding this device focused on a massive battery. Combined with an improved processor, it’s not too hard to imagine real multi-day battery life on portable devices being within reach, without having to rely on low-power modes or e-ink displays.
Now it is important to take claims of several days of battery life with a grain of salt. After all, Samsung announced last year that the Galaxy Watch4 lasted 48 hours on a charge, which hasn’t held up to our testing. Still, given the claim here – “at least three days” – the Watch5 Pro might be the first time you skip an overnight charge, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find time to switch on the next day. It’s a monumental step for wearables, and might be enough for any Galaxy Watch fan, even those who bought the Watch4 last year, to consider an upgrade.
Galaxy Unpacked is set for August 10 at 9 a.m. ET. In addition to the Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro, we expect to see the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Flip4, along with a new set of Pro-branded earbuds. Samsung has already opened reservations for its latest gadgets, with up to $200 in savings if you plan to buy a new phone, smartwatch and earbuds in a combo pack.